George Brown College helps immigrants overcome barriers

August 20, 2015 - All News

By Paulomi Patel
As people from all over the world come to Toronto to start new lives, George Brown College is helping them achieve their career and life goals.
Services that match credentials or referrals from work or study abroad
George Brown College’s Entry Advising services match students’ academic skills, educational background and career goals to the college’s programs. This free service, offered in the form of individual sessions, makes new immigrants aware of services that can further their professional interests and goals.
Entry Service options can include referrals to specific academic departments, how to access foreign credential assessments, academic upgrading and language training programs, and career counselling.
Bridging programs for immigrants
Since 2003 the Government of Ontario has funded more than 300 Bridging Training programs to help internationally trained individuals obtain employment. George Brown College’s Bridging Programs for Immigrants are designed to assist skilled newcomers in making the most of their international education and work experience and to obtain meaningful, rewarding occupations. The college offers four valuable programs:
College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals – Postgraduate Program (CTTP)
The College Teachers Training – Postgraduate Program is an in-class program for internationally trained educators who have experience and/or qualifications to teach at colleges and universities in their home countries. This program is designed specifically to help prepare foreign trained educators for teaching in the Canadian college environment. It offers training in instructional strategies and classroom management; lesson planning; developing employment skills; and opportunities to observe and participate in teaching in a college classroom environment.
ONLINE VERSION: College Teachers Training for Internationally Educated Professionals – Postgraduate Program (CTTP)
The College Teachers Training (Online) – Postgraduate Program is a newly funded fully online day program available to students across Ontario. It offers the same content as the in-class program above, but is delivered entirely online. This is a newly funded program and the first cohort of students will start this September 2015!
Construction Management (Graduate Certificate)
The Construction Management Graduate Certificate is designed to help internationally trained individuals with backgrounds in the construction, engineering and architecture enter the Ontario construction workforce. It provides applied education for management positions, which includes a workplace experience component to assist in the transition to construction management jobs.
Academic Pathway for nurses (Graduate Certificate)
The Academic Pathway for Nurses Graduate Certificate meets the needs of Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) who have been assessed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as needing to meet designated theory and clinical elements. This certificate program focuses on holistic care, training in cultural diversity and sensitivity, developing critical thinking and reflective practice for nursing in Ontario.
General Arts and Sciences
In addition to its bridging programs, George Brown College also offers a 1-year certificate or 2-year diploma program designed to help students develop skills in critical thinking, in oral and written communication, and in researching future career options.
For newcomer youth looking to improve their academic and communication skills and who are interested in degree and diploma programs, the College offers the new Pathway to University Studies in partnership with the University of Toronto that allows students to transfer into programs in the social sciences and humanities and work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
For more information on programs for newcomers, go to:
“The Ontario Bridge Training Programs help newcomers and their families build better lives in Ontario. Graduates should be able to use their skills and talents to find good jobs and help boost the economy. Our investments in bridge training build up our communities, our families and Ontario’s economy,” says Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade who led the launch of Ontario government’s ten new Bridge Training projects—the latest of more than 80 such active projects—set to help new immigrants with finding jobs that match their skills and experience.